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Food for the future (RRoundup)

Today we finished our early church history subject (30-451AD).  Here are  some of the big ideas from the course.  It’s taught by Rhys Bezzant, who’s also starting up the Jonathan Edwards Centre Australia. All aboard for Post-Christendom The world has changed already.  The Western church can no longer count on […]

The Last

Saving the best until last was a lesson I learned very early on in my childhood when I’d eaten all the yummy things on my plate and was left with a pile of mashed potato. So in my SWOT Vac I motivated myself for Old Testament and New Testament by […]

Liturgical painting: Spem in Alium

Today we did a performance for the Good Friday gathering at Christ Church Hawthorn.  Tamie read through Isaiah 53 while I pitched blood and filth at a great white throne flicked clots of red paint at a white-sheeted chair.  It was a straightforward but powerful symbol of Jesus’ suffering for […]

More Church History II

Last post, I identified the need for Christians to trust Jesus to build his church. However, the other side of the ‘train track’ in this case is that, of course, God’s church consists of people, their actions and the faith they claim as their own. In the cases of Athanasius […]

More Church History I

I’ve been indulging my history nerd ideals of late with a few books. The highlight has been Mark Noll’s “Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity’. You may know my advocacy of the idea of ‘train tracks’ (more theologically known as ‘compatabilism’) which is the idea that two […]

Athanasius and other great dudes

Some time ago, I remember having a conversation with the worship pastor at my church: he was thinking about two common views people hold of Jesus, that is, either as their best friend, or as their king. I’ve been dipping into a bit of church history lately and reflecting on […]